About the event

Dear ladies & gentlemen!

Information Group COMNEWS is delighted to invite you and your colleagues to take part in the 10th International Business Forum Wireless Russia & CIS Forum: LTE, 5G & Beyond – mobile communications market facing 5G networks and breakthrough in IoT.

Date and venue:  May 30-31 2018, Hilton Garden Inn Moscow Krasnoselskaya Hotel (Build. 4, 11А Verkhnyaya Krasnoselskaya St., Moscow, Russia)

The year 2018 will be pivotal for 5G: what has been a future dream is becoming part of our everyday life. In December 2017, 3GPP Technical Specification Group Radio Access Network (TSG RAN) approved the 5G New Radio (NR) Non-Standalone (NSA) specifications, which will allow to launch 5G systems with an LTE anchor.

The next deadline is June 2018, when 3GPP will have the full set of Release 15 specifications, including the completion of the NR Standalone (SA) system – with full control plane support for the new 5G radio. Both specifications from December 2017 and June 2018 are part of Release 15 (or as ITU prefers to call it – IMT-2020) focused on enhanced Mobile BroadBand (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable Low latency Communications (URLLC) and enhanced Machine-Type Communications (eMTC). This means that the first commercial 5G network fragments, both Non-Standalone and Standalone may appear worldwide (including Russia) as soon as the second half of 2018. Complete fulfilment of all 5G requirements is scheduled for Release 16, which will come out in July 2019.

To a large degree, 5G networks will be used to connect devices, rather than people. And as for IoT, apart from 3GPP, there are several other emerging technologies, the most important ones being LoRaWAN, SigFox, RPMA Technology from Ingenu, Weightless SIG, XNB by Strij (Russia), and Narrow Band Fidelity (NB-FI) brought by another Russian IoT-player – Waviot. Given that 3GPP has included its IoT technologies (NB-IoT, eMTC, EC-GSM-IoT) into LTE and 5G releases, the main battle between 3GPP and independent developers of IoT technologies will also unfold in 2018.

The breakthrough in new wireless technologies and the new paradigm implemented by mobile service providers, shifting focus from subscribers to devices, raises many questions before MVNOs concerning the efficiency of their business models. Another topical issue is the new principles in the interaction between network operators and MVNO amid oversaturation in the traditional mobile market.

Wireless Russia & CIS Forum, which marks its 10th anniversary in 2018, will look into these and other topics through speaker presentations and expert discussion. Traditionally for the Forum, it will count with participation of representatives of headline global associations (such as, 5G Infrastructure Association, GSA or MVNO Europe), industry partnerships (5G-PPP, ETSI, 3GPP) and companies from Russia, other countries of EurAsEС and beyond. Wireless Russia & CIS Forum 2018 will gather about 300 speakers and delegates from mobile service providers from Russia and EurAsEC, MVNO (notably, banks), IoT market players, suppliers of digital solutions, regulators and standards authorities – both Russian and international.

Key Forum Topics:

  • 5G New Radio (NR) - 3GPP Release 15 December version vs Release 15 scheduled to appear in June 2018
  • Roadmap to the final and fully comprehensive 3GPP IMT-2020 submission (encompassing both Release 15 and Release 16 planned for July 2019)
  • Frequency bands for 5G: international coordination and approaches to solving the roaming issues
  • Forecasts for 5G commercial launches globally – timing & regions
  • IoT technologies landscape: NB-IoT, eMTC, EC-GSM-IoT, LoRaWAN, SigFox, Ingenu/RPMA Technology, Weightless SIG, XNB by Stri, Narrow Band Fidelity (NB-FI) by Waviot and other – complementarity, interoperability or confrontation
  • 5G non-IoT applications - approaches and practical examples
  • Hot markets for 5G and IoT: smart city, intellectual infrastructure, autonomous car
  • 5G and digital economy: commercial requests from the verticals
  • New business models for telcos in the digital transformation era – from the universal seller of minutes and megabytes to operator of digital platform, digital lifestyle or provider of the tailored digital services for different industries and single key customers
  • Mobile backhaul new vision: following the industrial assets and cargo hubs, not people
  • Quality of services: regulation, management or competition as a natural driver
  • MVNO new business models – practice and approaches of the companies, which use mobile services as a support of their core business (starting from banks and retail); new horizons for virtual operators in IoT and 5G networks

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Forum in Moscow!

Sincerely yours,
Anastasia Molozhina,
conference producer, COMNEWS

Report on Wireless Russia Forum: 4G, 5G & Beyond 2017

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